Sylvia Speights Dyess Ward
Published 2:50 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Funeral services for Sylvia Speights Dyess Ward were held at 2 p.m. on
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at Saulters Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. Ward, age
79, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Forrest General
Hospital in Hattiesburg. Interment followed at the Greens Creek
Cemetery in Carson.
Saulters Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Sylvia Katherine Ward was born on March 12, 1940, in Jefferson Davis
County, to James Arthur “Buddy” Speights and Norween Rutland Speights.
Mrs. Ward was a lifetime resident of Jefferson Davis County, she
received her associate’s degree from PRCC and then her bachelor’s
degree from USM. She worked in medical technologies for Jefferson
Davis County hospital for 37 years.
She was an Alderwoman for the Town of Prentiss. She was a member of
Prentiss Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her mother, father; Ed Dyess and Richard Ward.
Mrs. Ward is survived by two daughters, Traci Langston (Brad) of
Hoover, Alabama and Tara Crechale (Michael) of Raymond; six
grandchildren, Katie Harlin, Brandon Langston, Jessica Barton,
Alexandra McFarland, Olivia Crechale and Anastasia Crechale; three
great-grandchildren, Whitley Kate, Addie Jane, Bentley and (soon
Asher); three sisters, Sue Beth Morford of Prentiss, Jan Davis of
Hattiesburg and Karen Harger (Dennis) of Bassfield.
Visitation was Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at
Saulters Funeral Home.
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